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Published September 20, 2012, 02:41 PM

Meth Charge for 1990 Police Shooter

According to investigators’ affidavits, Densmore, John McCoy and Jennifer Holsinger — all with drug crime histories — had been watched for months in 2011 and early 2012.

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

The man sentenced in 1990 to 20 years in prison for shooting the police chief in Emerado, N.D., twice in the head could face another 20-year sentence on drug charges.

Dale Densmore, 50, appeared in state district court in Grand Forks on Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty to the Class A felony charge of manufacturing methamphetamine on a farmstead five miles north of Larimore, N.D. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

He also pleaded not guilty to a Class C felony charge of using meth and a Class A misdemeanor count of possessing paraphernalia to use marijuana stemming from his arrest in May.

In 1990, Densmore pleaded guilty to attempted murder after he shot Police Chief Eric Stewart point-blank in the face, then in the side of his head as he lay wounded in the street in Emerado.

Stewart survived and now lives in northwest Minnesota.

Densmore was sentenced by state District Judge Joel Medd in 1990 to the maximum 20 years in prison; he was released several years ago and had been living at his family’s farmstead near Larimore.

New charge

The same Judge Medd on Wednesday set a pre-trial conference for Nov. 8 for Densmore on the meth charges.

Densmore remains in the Grand Forks County jail where he has been since last spring on a $100,000 bond.

According to investigators’ affidavits, Densmore, John McCoy and Jennifer Holsinger — all with drug crime histories — had been watched for months in 2011 and early 2012.

Their suspiciously big and frequent purchases of pseudoephedrine — the cold medicine used as a basic building block in cooking meth — at drugstores in Larimore, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks over several months, were tracked by the regional drug task force.

A search of the Densmore farmstead May 18 — after a three-hour stand-off and violent arrest of Densmore — found meth-making equipment and materials, as well as several guns plus ammo, investigators said.

McCoy also appeared Wednesday before Medd on separate lesser drug charges but faces similar felony charges of meth-making and possession.

Medd set an Oct. 19 preliminary hearing for McCoy, ordering the lesser case to track with the felony charges in court.

Holsinger also has been charged with a Class A felony of conspiring to make meth.

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